The Friday Report Blog: November 10th, 2023

Quick wrap up of a few hot topic newsworthy stories in the supply chain logistics industry

J.B. Hunt’s President Simpson Celebrated as Trucking’s Leading Lady

Shelley Simpson, a trailblazer in the transportation industry, has been honored with the Women in Trucking Association’s (WIT) 2023 Influential Woman in Trucking award.

Recognized for her remarkable nearly three-decade tenure and commitment to gender diversity in the field, Simpson accepted the prestigious accolade at the WIT Accelerate! Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas.

Celebrated by WIT’s President and CEO Jennifer Hedrick, Simpson’s leadership and dedication set her apart, leading her to triumph over other esteemed finalists in the industry. Her award is a testament to her influential role in shaping the future of trucking

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Feds Allocate $653M for Nationwide Port Upgrades

The U.S. Department of Transportation is infusing a robust $653 million into the nation’s port infrastructure, enhancing the efficiency and capacity of 41 key ports across the United States. This substantial funding, sourced from the transformative Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, marks a significant step in fortifying the supply chain infrastructure and preparing for future needs.

The investment will not only elevate coastal and inland port operations to meet growing shipping demands but also fortify them against potential disruptions, ensuring smoother supply chain flows. With an eye on the future, these projects are crucial for maintaining America’s robust transport system and the fluid movement of goods.

Highlighted projects receiving grants include expansions and improvements in Tacoma, Long Beach, Cold Bay, Newark, and Freeport, reflecting a nationwide commitment to progress. Significantly, $172.8 million is earmarked for 26 smaller ports, ensuring comprehensive support across the board. These strategic enhancements are poised to bolster safety, efficiency, and resilience, reinforcing the backbone of America’s supply chain network.

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Nestlé’s Strategic New Venture with Wonder Group

Nestlé is making strategic moves in the culinary world with an exciting investment in the innovative food-delivery startup Wonder Group. This partnership is a strategic play to strengthen Nestlé’s foothold in the rapidly recovering foodservice sector. While the exact figures were not disclosed, CNBC reports a substantial $100 million investment from Nestlé, accompanied by a collaborative effort in manufacturing and equipment sales.

Known for popular brands like Lean Cuisine and DiGiorno, Nestlé is also a key player in foodservice, serving over 200,000 outlets. This new alliance is set to enhance Nestlé’s offerings, particularly in areas where eateries face staffing challenges or wish to expand their menu offerings with quality and convenience in mind.

With this partnership, Nestlé is poised to deliver innovative solutions, ensuring high-quality food and operational efficiency for its clients, and potentially benefiting from its association with Wonder Group’s recent acquisition of Blue Apron. This collaboration represents a forward-thinking approach to embracing growth opportunities and culinary innovation in the foodservice industry.

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